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DRS to Provide Joint Tactical Terminal Receivers to Australia

September 30, 2014

DRS Intelligence, Communication & Avionic Solutions LLC, Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a $12,005,974 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture of joint tactical terminal–receivers (JTT-R), JTT-R production engineering test set racks; fixtures and tooling. The JTT-R is an ultra-high frequency receiver that provides near real-time over the horizon threat data for situational awareness and assessment, threat avoidance, targeting, mission planning and communications. This procurement combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (91 percent), and the government of Australia (9 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-14-D-WS72).

NAVMAR to Support ISR in Afghanistan

September 30, 2014

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $12,296,784 for delivery order 0015 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-10-G-0026) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topics N92-170: Laser Radar Laser Detection and Ranging Identification Demonstration; N94-178: Air-Deployable Expendable Multi-Parameter Environmental Probe; and AF083-006: Low Cost Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Efforts include the assessment, procurement and deployment of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; communication systems; unmanned systems; noise reduction technology; improved aircraft aerodynamics to include increased lift and decreased drag; unmanned air vehicle weatherization; improved endurance; support of at sea Navy operations; and related support hardware. Work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona (30 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (20 percent); Afghanistan (20 percent); China Lake, California (15 percent); and Point Mugu, California (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2015.

Airtec to Support Southern Command Airborne Sensors

September 30, 2014

Airtec Incorporated, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,485,799 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide operations, maintenance and developmental test and evaluation services on a contractor-owned/contractor-operated Bombardier DHC-8/200 multi-sensor aircraft in support of the U.S. Army Southern Command's flight missions. Work will be performed in Bogota, Columbia, and is expected to be completed in June 2015. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-14-D-0030).

Boeing Receives P-8A Funds

September 30, 2014

The Boeing Company, Seattle, is being awarded a $43,283,263 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for integrated logistics and contractor services in support of the P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft. The company also has been awarded an $11,757,200 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for training specific data storage architecture updates and upgrades in support of the P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft, to include hardware, software, and integration. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

DRS Awarded Navy Technology Insertion Contract for U.S. and Australia

September 30, 2014

DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $171,065,633 fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development, integration and production of technology insertion hardware (TIH). TIH is the latest generation of display, processor, and network requirements for combat control and sonar systems for U.S. Navy submarines. Equipment will provide modernization and upgrade of systems currently installed on SSN 688i, SSBN, SSGN, Seawolf, Virginia class, and Ohio Replacement submarines, as well as installation of initial systems for new construction Virginia class submarines. This contract includes an option, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $384,340,759. The option combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (94.2 percent), and the government of Australia (5.8 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, Keyport, Washington, is the contracting activity (N00253-14-D-0004).

High-Tech Toys for Expeditionary Forces Showcased at Modern Day Marine Expo

September 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Massive tents housed booths with roughly 400 companies pitching the up-and-coming technology to approximately 8,000 attendees at the 2014 Modern Day Marine event held at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Much of the technology focused on equipping expeditionary forces.

Defense Department to Study Viability of BYOD

September 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Department is planning a pilot study to determine the feasibility of a bring-your-own-device program within the department, says Terry Halvorsen, acting chief information officer.

DARPA Launches Project to Develop Prosthetic Limbs That Actually Feel

September 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Departments' primary research branch, is putting together teams of experts to embark on remarkable technology to make advanced arm prosthetics even more lifelike for amputees—technology that experts hope will send signals to the brain to indicate what the limb is actually feeling.

Rescinding DISA's Cloud Broker Role To Speed Up Process

September 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Having a single agency act as the cloud broker for the whole of the U.S. Defense Department's migration to commercial cloud services slowed the process too much, prompting a policy change to divvy up the duties among the services, says the department's acting chief information officer.

Cyber Has a New Look in the U.S. Army

September 23, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army officially activated its Cyber Protection Brigade earlier this month, marking the first time the service has had such a unit. As the defensive operations enabled by the brigade ramp up, the Army now also has a cyber branch operating provisionally, which will change the way soldiers are assigned to cyber career fields.

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